News & Updates

Mark your calendars! 

  • 2022 Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference February 24, 2022, Rothschild, WI

Farmers and agricultural professionals from around the state are coming together to share & learn about all things cover crops. Whether you’re a seasoned cover cropper or an absolute beginner, there will be something for everyone!

Topics include maintaining soil health while managing manure, easy points of entry for beginning cover croppers, assessing soil health, using cover crops as an alternative forage, and soil health systems & extreme weather events. Many of the presenters will be Wisconsin grain and livestock farmers speaking from experience about what has worked and hasn’t worked in their Wisconsin conservation cropping systems. Click here for additional information

  • 2022 Virtual Nutrient Management Training for Farmers

The Nutrient and Pest Management Program (University of Wisconsin-Madison) is offering a virtual training for farmers interested in writing their own nutrient management plans. This training will provide both the basics of nutrient management and an introduction to SnapPlus.

         The same training will be offered on 4 different dates:

January 4th  (Tue)     February 7th (Mon)     March 1st (Tue)     March 15th (Tue)

Please register online at least three days in advance of the training date you plan to attend:

Questions?  Contact Dan Smith  608-219-5170

Click here to see the agenda


  • Badger Dairy Insite

This year’s Badger Dairy Insight will begin on January 11th and run biweekly from January thru March on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-2:30pm CST.

The goal of Badger Dairy Insight is to bring unbiased, university-based research, resources, and specialists to you, to assist you in improving productivity, profitability, and vitality through dairy nutrition, data, heifer replacement, and reproductive management, while maintaining animal well-being.  Our topics include:
  • January 11-Animal Care Starts with the Calf featuring Jennifer Van Os and Sylvia Kehoe
  • January 25-Diving into Dairy Data Projects with Victor Cabrera
  • February 8-Silage Quality—From Pricing to Feeding Behavior featuring Luiz Ferraretto and Matt Lippert
  • February 22-No webinar.  Please attend the WI Dairy & Beef Well-Being Conference at the Farm WI Discovery Center in Manitowoc, WI
  • March 1-Ins and Outs of Cocktail Forage Mixes for Dairy Rations with Luiz Ferraretto and Matt Akins
  • March 15-Managing Heifer Maturity Pre-& Post-Breeding Matters featuring Matt Akins, Tina Kohlman, and Paul Fricke along with graduate student Megan Lauber
  • March 29-The Randomness of Repro with Paul Fricke

For more information regarding each webinar or to register please visit:

  • Badger Dairy Insight webinar focuses on silage quality – from pricing to feed behavior January 14, 2022
    Join Badger Dairy Insight February webinar for discussions about silage. When corn silage sells, the grower and dairy producer each assign values based on different goals. Both like the agreement to be simple and understandable. Have we based these agreements too much on the grain value in the past? Where does fiber digestibility fit into value calculations? […]
  • Focus on Forage webinar series provides information to optimize production in Wisconsin January 5, 2022
    Join the University of Wisconsin-Madison – Nutrient and Pest Management Program and Division of Extension on Jan. 26, Feb. 2, and Feb. 9 for the 2022 Focus on Forage webinar series.
  • Beef Cow Calf Workshop Scheduled for February 2022 January 3, 2022
    University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension will host its Beef Cow Calf Workshop at three locations and virtually in February 2022. The workshop focuses on selection and development of replacement heifers, management and care of calving heifers, and secure beef supply planning.
  • Extension webinars provide tips for making farm business decisions in the new year December 22, 2021
    As the new year approaches, many people tend to re-evaluate their financial situation and decide if, or how, they need to make changes. This holds true for farm businesses, also. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension is hosting a series of webinars for farmers and agribusinesses to improve business profitability and lifestyles through informed decisi […]
  • Heart of the Farm – Women in Agriculture January 2022 ‘Coffee Chat’ December 16, 2021
    Strategic Thinking: Using a SWOT Analysis for Personal and Business Growth. Learn how to assess yourself and your business for strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats and use them to develop strategies to achieve your goals and improve decision-making.



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